SECRETS OF STARBUCKS!
English : Starbucks Coffee
Japanese : スターバックス コーヒー ( Suta- bakkusu ko-hi-)
Korean : 스타벅스커피 (Su ta bok su ko pi)
Chinese : 星巴克咖啡 (Xin ba ke ka fei)
I recently received a message from someone who used to work at Starbucks. Since I’m not much of a coffee drinker, I don’t know the validity of this message, but it couldn’t hurt to try some of them if you frequent Starbucks.
1. Drinks to try that are not on the menu
2. Drinks for those on a budget
3. Refills Anyone?
4. Eating there…
5. A special ESPRESSO experience that’s really unique
6. Legendary Service and what that means in the real world
7. Things to look out for that make your Starbucks life easier
1. DRINKS NOT ON THE MENU, BUT CAN BE ORDERED:
* Penguin/Zebra/Tuxedo: This is a mocha (with caffeine) or hot chocolate (no caffeine) that is half white chocolate and half regular chocolate. It’s tastier than the regular hot chocolate and less sweet than a white mocha.
* Hot Chocolate with an EXTRA shot of vanilla: Once you try it this way, you’ll never drink regular hot chocolates again.
* Strawberry Lemonades: A lemonade concentrate is mixed with a strawberry puree. Can be blended!
* Gummi Bear: Only SGV-based Starbucks know how to makes this sweet fruit punch that tastes exactly like a gummi bear. I forgot the recipe.
* Steamer also known as Coffee Misto: Half regular coffee with half steamed milk. For those who like lots of milk in their coffee but don’t like it cooling when they add creamer.
* Red Eye: Regular coffee with an add shot.
2. DRINKS ON A BUDGET (Don’t be fooled by the word “kids). – [Not recommended if alone as they are not required to serve if no child is present and they'll know you are just trying to save a few cents AND bigger IS better!]
* Kid’s Hot Chocolate: It’s a regular hot chocolate put into a short cup. It’s only $1.
* Kid’s Milk: Just as it sounds like. Milk for $1.
* Kid’s Cider: Want to warm up without caffeine? It’s yours for $1.
3. Refills, anyone?
Very few people know the very lax refill policy. If you purchased a Starbucks drink earlier that day and saved your cup, you can have refills of the following:
* Regular Drip Coffee
* Regular Ice Teas (including black, green, and passion)
Doesn’t matter what size cup you have either and it’s 50 cents! Technically, you could bring in a cup that’s a day old but it sounds kinda gross. If you’re going with the hot coffee, ask them to swish some hot water in it to clean it out.
4. EATING THERE
Let’s say you’re on a casual date or plan to be there for awhile. Let’s just also say you don’t like eating food out of a paper bag.
Ask for your food to be served on a “for here” plate. That way you get some real china and some stores have real silverware. Also, it’s always nice to have a cappuccino with extra foam served in a “for here” cup.
5. A UNIQUE ESPRESSO EXPERIENCE – Recommended for people who truly love dark coffee AND a regular. Trust me, they wont do it for everyone. Once you’ve made friends with one of the baristas (or a supervisor), you can ask for this and it’s truly memorable. Plus, it really impresses a date who is into coffee.
* Ask the supervisor to make you a batch of coffee that is in a FRENCH PRESS. Yes, they have these.
* Ask for a stronger coffee that has real flavors like the Sumatra.
* Ask for at least two grandes (come on, be fair) to be made and to be served in “for here” cups. They will charge you for two grande coffees (hella cheap).
What you’ll get is a large glass FRENCH PRESS of wonderfully made coffee in nice mugs. What might have tasted like “sludge” before, now tastes better. The french press brings out additional flavors and aromas that get lost when it’s processed in the electronic machine.
This is a great experience for a true coffee lover and if you go when they are slower (i.e. Sunday mid-mornings, late afternoon weekdays). My dad and I used to do this. Drink fast though, the coffee in a glass french press only stays hot for 20 minutes.
6. LEGENDARY SERVICE IN THE REAL WORLD – I used to be a barista and I’m always surprised that people don’t know what they are entitled to.
* If your drink sucks or you tried something new and didn’t like it, you can return it at any time. They should immediately throw away the drink and then make you a new one. They are also supposed to not make any faces or comments when doing this. Plus, you don’t wait in line again. You just go up to the bar and tell them.
* They will offer a suggestion or make you another drink in the same price range.
* If it’s really really really terrible and your barista is rude to you or spills on you, a supervisor might give you a free drink coupon. This is in cases of extreme neglect.
* Every time your drink is handed to you over the bar, the barista is supposed to look up and acknowledge your existence.
Obviously, this legendary service varies at different places. For instances, I find beach Starbucks more accommodating than the business Starbucks.
7. MAKE YOUR STARBUCKS LIFE EASIER
* Ever wonder why your hot drinks drip on you sometimes when you drink from it? It’s because you lined up the drink hole with the cup seam. It creates a small leak. For those with hot drinks, always position the drink hole away from the seam (preferably 180 degrees).
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